Palace hits back at Sereno: She violated Constitution; Duterte did not

  Why point finger on the President?   Malacaang hit back at ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Friday for calling on President Rodrigo Duterte to resign after accusing him that he was behind her removal.   Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Palace "have earlier refrained from commenting" on Sereno's call but said the former chief justice has been engaging in "grandstanding."   READ:Palace on Sereno's call for Duterte to quit: No comment   "However, the former top magistrate has been engaged in grandstanding and seeking media coverage, pointing an accusing finger at President Duterte for the result of the quo w...Keep on reading: Palace hits back at Sereno: She violated Constitution; Duterte did not.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerMay 18th, 2018

Descent into lawlessness gets pushback

It does look like the Duterte administration has crossed one red line too many. Solgen Jose Calida’s bag of legalistic tricks has been shot full of holes. Even the usually compliant Supreme Court managed to skirt huge public outcries by astutely finding a way to look like they are adhering to a rule of law. Yes, of course, they are not a trier of facts; and yes, indeed, it is the lower courts that can issue an arrest warrant. Even the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, the national lawyers’ league, has awakened to its conscience and reminded all that there is a Constitution and that it must not be violated. They had been too quiet during the quo warranto dismissal of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, against the constitutional provision that a Supreme Court justice can only be dismissed through impeachment. Even the Senate has rediscovered its backbone. It has dropped partisanship and united to protect Senate colleague Antonio Trillanes IV against arrest within its premises. Suddenly, we are reminded that, yes, indeed, the Senate is an independent and separate branch of government from the Executive and Judiciary. The post Descent into lawlessness gets pushback appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Bro. Eddie hits Duterte, Morales on Batacan, border families update | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Jesus Is Lord Church founder Brother Eddie Villanueva says President Rodrigo Duterte violated the Constitution by calling God stupid. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales slams defense lawyer Edna Batacan . A US judge issues an order that reunites immigrant families separated at the Mexico border. New York’s incumbent 14th district congressman Joe Crowley was ousted by 28-year-old far-left political novice Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez . A study shows Facebook and Google are pushing users to share private information by offering ‘invasive’ and limited default ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

Duterte hits back at Sereno on firing officials as gimmick

Duterte hits back at Sereno on firing officials as gimmick.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

Critics slam Duterte& apos;s revolutionary government threat, Palace hits back - Philippine Star

Critics slam Duterte's revolutionary government threat, Palace hits back - Philippine Star.....»»

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Critics slam Duterte's revolutionary government threat, Palace hits back - Philippine Star

Critics slam Duterte's revolutionary government threat, Palace hits back - Philippine Star.....»»

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Critics slam Duterte s revolutionary government threat, Palace hits back

Critics slam Duterte s revolutionary government threat, Palace hits back.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 15th, 2017

MILF firm on demand, wants wider Muslim autonomy

COTABATO CITY – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF said it will not back down from its original demand to have a wider autonomy for minority Muslims in southern Philippines as it rejected anew any government offer other than an expanded territory, not even the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or ARMM.   The MILF signed an interim peace deal with Manila in 2014 and has been pushing for the approval and ratification of the Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL and other provisions stipulated in the accord -Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro, including the establishment of the new Bangsamoro autonomous region.   The BBL was rejected by Congress during President Benigno Aquino’s administration after some of its proposed laws violated the Constitution. The MILF said it will not revisit the BBL and insisted on the original draft submitted to Aquino.   Many politicians and residents in the proposed Bangsamoro areas also rejected the BBL and wanted out of the deal, citing various reasons and the failure of the Aquino government and peace negotiators from both sides to include recommendations submitted by the provinces in the autonomous region.   The BBL was drafted by the 15-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission appointed by the MILF and the Aquino government.   If ratified, it will pave the way for the establishment of the Bangsamoro region that would replace the ARMM which is composed of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao, including the cities of Lamitan and Marawi. The creation of Bangsamoro autonomous region would have to be decided on a referendum in the ARMM and in areas where there are large Muslim communities.   Let SC Decides on Unconstitutional Provisions   “The position of MILF is very clear. First, MILF will never accept an autonomy that is lower than the ARMM; secondly, the MILF will not accept an autonomy that is equal to the ARMM. The MILF only accepts an autonomy law that is better than the ARMM,” said MILF Vice Chairman Mohagher Iqbal.   Iqbal also suggested the BBL should be passed as it is and let the Supreme Court decides on its unconstitutional infirmities. “Yung BBL ngayon kung ako lang ang masusunod ang maganda diyan ipasa na nila ng walang bawas at walang dagdag. Hayaan nalang natin ang Supreme Court maghusga kung alin dyan ang unconstitutional,” he said. “And then kung maghusga ang Supreme Court, ipunin na lang natin yun dahil meron pang function ang BTC mag-propose to amend the constitution.”   He said the government offered the ARMM thrice to the MILF and three times it was rejected by the rebel group. He said: “Congress may opt to pass all the constitutional provisions and for Congress to amend the Constitution to accommodate unconstitutional substances on the proposed Moro law, and then later it will incorporate to the working of committee which will draft the federal system of the country.”   Provisions   According to the BBL, the purpose of the law is to establish a political entity, provide for its basic structure of government in recognition of the justness and legitimacy of the cause of the Muslim people and their aspiration to chart their political future through a democratic process that will secure their identity and posterity and allow for meaningful self-governance.   In the draft law, the following areas shall be included in new political entity – the towns of Baloi, Munai, Nunungan, Pantar, Tagoloan and Tangkal in Lanao del Norte and all villages in the towns of Kabacan, Carmen, Aleosan, Pigkawayan, Pikit, and Midsayap which voted in the 2001 plebiscite. And also included are the cities of Cotabato and Isabela, and contiguous areas where 10% of residents may petition for its inclusion into the new Bangsamoro territory.   And under its General Principles and Policies, it stipulates “in the exercise of its right to self-determination and self-governance, the Bangsamoro is free to pursue its political, economic, social, and cultural development; the Bangsamoro Government shall be parliamentary. Its political system is democratic, allowing its people to freely participate in the political processes within its territory; the Bangsamoro Government, consistent and suitable to its parliamentary form of government, shall adopt an electoral system which shall allow democratic participation, encourage formation of genuinely principled political parties, and ensure accountability.”   It further said that: “Governance in the Bangsamoro is the responsibility of the duly elected civilian government. Civilian authority is, at all times, supreme over the military. The Bangsamoro Government shall promote unity, peace, justice, and goodwill among all peoples, as well as encourages a just and peaceful settlement of disputes. The Bangsamoro abides by the principle that the country renounces war as an instrument of national policy, adopts the generally accepted principles of international law as part of the law of the land, and adheres to the policy of peace, equality, justice, freedom, cooperation, and amity with all nations.”   “The Bangsamoro shall adhere to the principle of enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong. The Bangsamoro shall establish a government that ensures that every citizen in the Bangsamoro is provided the basic necessities and equal opportunities in life. Social Justice shall be promoted in all phases of development and facets of life within the Bangsamoro. The Bangsamoro Government shall respect and adhere to all international treaties and agreements which benefited the Bangsamoro Government.”   President Rodrigo Duterte is also [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2017

Palace hits back at HRW report: Don't brush aside Duterte's reforms -

Palace hits back at HRW report: Don't brush aside Duterte's reforms -»»

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Duterte wielding 'toxic agenda?' Palace hits back -

Duterte wielding 'toxic agenda?' Palace hits back -»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2017

Duterte hits back at Tagle, says he never bullied people

DAVAO CITY --- President Duterte hit back at Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle during the gathering of barangay officials here, saying that he never bullied people and that it was the Church people who started it all. "When did I ever scare or bully people?" President Duterte asked in the middle of his speech before barangay officials, mentioning Cardinal Tagle. "Itong si Tagle, kwidaw daw ko, hadlokon, kanus- a bako nanghadlok (Tagle said, be careful, I'm scaring people, but when did I ever scare people)? " the President said. He said it was the priests who started it all when they said during Mass that they were praying to God for Duterte to die from ailment. "S...Keep on reading: Duterte hits back at Tagle, says he never bullied people.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News13 hr. 39 min. ago

COMMENT: Constitution Trivialized, Mocked

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 18 Dec) – Under no Philippine president other than Rodrigo R. Duterte has the Constitution been so blatantly trivialized and mocked. Abetted by the Supreme Court, this was so in the quo warranto ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and the still unresolved plot to revoke the amnesty granted […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated News18 hr. 39 min. ago

Palace advisers back extended session for budget

THE DEPARTMENT of Budget and Management (DBM) will recommend to President Rodrigo R. Duterte that Congress hold a special session during its holiday break to pass the 2019 national budget, though the Senate expressed doubts that it can pass the legislation before the new year......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

‘We prosecute people who violate human rights,’ says Palace

MANILA, Philippines --- Malacaang Palace disputed on Monday the remark of Sen. Risa Hontiveros calling President Rodrigo Duterte the "single biggest threat to human rights" in the Philippines. Contrary to criticisms of alleged rising human rights abuses under the Duterte administration, the President respects human rights, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a Palace briefing on Monday. "Of course. We've been saying so and we have shown it. We prosecute people who violate human rights," he said. Earlier on Monday, Hontiveros issued a statement to commemorate International Human Rights day, saying that the "President has singlehandedly rolled back human rights s...Keep on reading: ‘We prosecute people who violate human rights,’ says Palace.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

Duterte to lead handover of Balangiga bells — Palace

MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to lead the scheduled handover of the Balangiga bells on December 11, Malacaang said Sunday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a statement said that the Palace awaits "enthusiastically" for the return of the bells. READ: LOOK: Balangiga bells on their way back to Philippines "We consider the occasion as an affirmation of our strong and enduring relations with our long-standing ally, the United States," Panelo said. "We thank them for this gesture that would formally put a closure to a tragic and contentious episode in both our countries' history," he added. READ: Balangiga Bells to return to PH on...Keep on reading: Duterte to lead handover of Balangiga bells — Palace.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

Palace optimistic federal Charter will be passed during Duterte’s term

MANILA, Philippines -- Malacaang has remained optimistic the draft federal Charter would be approved within the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.   Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo issued the remarks after senators said the draft Charter would not be passed during the 17th Congress, which is only until July 2019.   Duterte is currently into the middle of his six-year term, which began on the afternoon of June 30, 2016.   The House of Representatives on December 4 approved on second reading its version of draft federal Constitution, less than five session days left before Congress goes on Christmas break.   READ:House OKs draft federal...Keep on reading: Palace optimistic federal Charter will be passed during Duterte’s term.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 6th, 2018

I don t even take maintenance drugs : Bishop hits back at Duterte

Following President Rodrigo Duterte's unsubstantiated accusations against him, Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David clarified that he is not into illegal drugs......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 27th, 2018

Duterte back in Davao City after Asean, Apec summits

President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Davao City at around 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, after his attendance to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit in Papua New Guinea. Before that the President also attended the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Singapore on Nov. 16 and 17. /atm RELATED Duterte's participation in Apec 'fruitful' -- Palace Duterte meets Cabinet on eve of Asean summit opening Duterte arrives in Singapore for Asean Summit...Keep on reading: Duterte back in Davao City after Asean, Apec summits.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 18th, 2018

Malacañang hits back at critics blaming Duterte for slay of NUPL member

Malacañang on Wednesday hit back at critics who blamed the death of human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos on the Duterte administration. Source link link: Malacañang hits back at critics blaming Duterte for slay of NUPL member.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

Duterte, OFW saved from UAE death row in ’emotional’ meet at Palace

  President Rodrigo Duterte met an "emotional" Jennifer Dalquezin Malacaangon Tuesdaynight.   The overseas Filipino worker (OFW) recently came back to the Philippines after she was acquitted of murder charges and saved from Abu Dhabi's death row.   Photos released by Malacaang showed a tearful Dalquez hugging the President.   "President Rodrigo Roa Duterte embraces an emotional Jennifer Dalquez as the latter met with the President at the Malacaan Palace on November 6, 2018," stated the caption of the Palace photo distributed to reporters.   Dalquez returned to Manila on November 2 after nearly four years in prison in the United Arab...Keep on reading: Duterte, OFW saved from UAE death row in ’emotional’ meet at Palace.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

Maza hits militarization in gov t; Palace says allegation distorted

Former National Anti-Poverty Commission lead convener Liza Maza slammed the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to transfer some agencies under Malacañang’s supervision to departments whose heads are former military officials. Source link link: Maza hits militarization in gov't; Palace says allegation 'distorted'.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2018